Thursday, March 5, 2015

The WitzTV Making The Video: Action Bronson, Mark Ronson, Chance The Rapper & Zane Lowe's "Baby Blue" (VICE Records)

Following an unexpected guest appearance on Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' chart-topping smash single, "Uptown Funk" (Remix) last month, Action Bronson and Ronson have linked up once again to liberate the first of their two collaborations from MR. WONDERFUL, "Baby Blue;" a smooth horn-laden arrangement, almost reminiscent of Mark Ronson's formative Dap-Kings-backed early work with Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, which seems to have been lifted from songstress Natalie Prass' literally just-released Columbia Records single, "Birds of Prey." Although "Baby Blue" was initially premiered on now-retired BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's show Monday afternoon, @ActionBronson unleashed a "BEHIND-THE-SCENES MAKING OF "BABY BLUE" IN LONDON WITH MY BROS @MarkRonson [and] @zanelowe" late Thursday afternoon amidst the latest East Coast-pummeling snowstorm, fittingly dubbed "Thor." Action Bronson & Mark Ronson's secondary as-yet-unreleased collaboration, "Brand New Car" reportedly interpolates a sample from Billy Joel's 1978 52nd Street track, "Zanzibar" personally sanctioned by the man himself!?

Bronson & Ronson's Tom Gould-shot footage showcases scenes of the track's fiery Kirin J. Callinan guitar solo, ad-libbed piano melodies, "Baby Blue"'s titular Zane Lowe co-written hook: "Why you always all on my back? Why you gotta do me like that? Why you gotta act like a bitch... when I'm with you? Baby girl, I'm blue," and all sorts of reel-to-reel Electric Lady Studios trickery. It's just the latest promotional media event in recent weeks, which have previously included a "live from the dugout" interview with Kev Brown at Yankees Spring Training, an infinitely quotable appearance on ESPN's Highly Questionable sports round-table, an animated #MrWonderfulWednesdays short, and a recent influx of Bronson-centric posts here at The Witzard ha. Not only is "Baby Blue" the unofficial reunion of Action Bronson and "NaNa" collaborator Chance The Rapper, it's the staggering fifth single 'leaked' from MR. WONDERFUL (behind "Easy Rider," "A Light In The Addict," "Actin' Crazy," and "Terry") ahead of its long-awaited March 23-24th release date.


  1. great review, & it was great to see footage of the musicians behind the scene putting together great music for the benefit of real hip hop

  2. Yessir! Couldn't agree more! Have you seen the MR. WONDERFUL "documentary" yet?